Lately Found…


So, a busy week is likely to get busier since baseball is here again. I always dread the start of baseball and I’m always happy once I get in the swing of it. It heals. At least it will after I solve the mystery of the two jerseys that their father swears are at my house. I could not convince The Kid to play. He never did get over being hit last season, but he is as excited as any human can be about spring training. It’s a quandary. What he needs is a camp for future announcers, because he can call a game like nobody’s business.

 


 

Last week I introduced myself to an absolutely cool concept called BlogCrush. It’s an association to help Orange County bloggers get connected with each other, and I met some really awesome people there. BlogCrush was created by Suzanne Broughton, who among many, many things has a blog called Alive in Wonderland for OC Family. and Marcy Massura, who was hilarious and seems to have about a thousand irons in the fire, many of which can be checked out at her site, The Glamorous Life Association. I am hooked on the idea of such a supportive group of writers/bloggers/photographers. I came away feeling very good about it all. The event was held at Zov’s, which was wonderful, as you can see here…

Zov's in Irvine - Mediterranean Cuisine

www.zovs.com

Zov's in Irvine - Mediterranean Cuisine

www.zovs.com

 


 

Favorite among things I found last week was this photoblog, which absolutely brings joy to the heart of this little shut-in. Any other mom out there who loves the beauty of seeing somewhere completely different on earth, try out moderndaygilligan.com and you’ll see things like this:

Sea Owl

Sea Owl by Joshua Yetman at moderndaygilligan.com

I could look at his stuff all day long…

 


 

Also found through Facebook was a site that seems just made for parenting kids with attachment disorder issues, called Teach Through Love.  And no, I have not transformed my parenting, but I think they are on the right track and their status updates on Facebook always stop and make me think more.  I think they have also started offering parenting classes online. The more information the better in my book.  They’re definitely worth a ‘Like’ on Facebook.

 


 

I found a few new sites to explore through the 11th Annual Bloggies. The winners get decided tomorrow.  I’m not sure I agree with all of their finalists (while I adore The Pioneer Woman, I might not have put her in the Best Writing category, but I understand the affection her site inspires).  It’s always fun to see what appeals. Oh, and great site design, btw.

 


 

Cruising the web I became aware of a new program currently still in Beta that looks like it could have something interesting to offer. Pinterest, created in Palo Alto and styling itself as a “virtual pinboard”, is looking to go both social and business useful through image sharing. Right off the bat, I can think of a couple of nieces with an interest in fashion and lots of friends who would be likely to adopt it’s use. I signed up for the invite list and I’m really looking forward to seeing the product in action.  You can see some pinboard examples here. Let me know what you think…

 


 

My Bestie, The Dragon Lady, and I decided to end the week in worship…

Mother's Milk

Gin & Tonic Done Right

It’s my one true calling. I make, hands down, the best gin and tonic anywhere! I will convert you. The Dragon Lady has promised to have it written on paper and placed under a rock on my unmarked grave chiseled on my headstone. Oh, and the Hendrick’s website, cute and fun! And on that note…



Lately Found and a Roundup…


So, I’m wrestling with a post that might become 4 posts. Or get condensed down to 2 posts. Jury is still out for at least another day on that.




I still wish I was Charlie Harper from Two and a Half Men. Not Charlie Sheen, he’s a mess, Charlie Harper…What?!!




I’ve been tab hording again. That happens when the availability of information on the internet turns my brain into a jittery chipmunk with an espresso IV and a crack pipe. Eventually this behavior causes Firefox to implode and collapse in on itself, as you can see here…

Tab Hoarding - Ahhhhhhhhh!




I’d like a show of hands from all you who think “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” is an abysmal piece of lyrical crap, but you still can’t stop singing it when you hear it long enough. It’s missed it’s true calling as a means to wring confessions out of prisoners at Gitmo.




I totally wish I had more time to spend on the Food52 website. The more websites I search out the more I wish my skills were more than they are, but the future is open I suppose…




I have been reading Stephen King’s book “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft” which has been really fabulous, considering that I’m not a reader of any of his books, but I can say that nowhere is his skill as a writer more evident than at the ending chapters when he writes about the accident when he was seriously injured by a reckless driver.




I’ve been losing sleep late at night to this…

Addiction




My Niece has changed her mind and had decided to contest the adoption of the two youngest children that we share (now you know about the posts I’ve been wrestling with), so this will only be decided with the greatest pain possible.




I still haven’t figured out how to fill the $2500 hole that opened up in my monthly income 4 months ago. But I will. Somehow. In the meantime, Reasons For Living #’s 1 through 6 are all oblivious, doing well and looking forward to their long weekend.




And lastly in the weekly round up, I am totally enjoying this site called Post Secret, which describes itself as “an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard.”  It’s pretty cool. Click on these for a taste…

postsecret.com

http://www.postsecret.com/

http://www.postsecret.com/

(This one about saving the voice mails of the people you love…I have voice messages from my children on my phone from 4 years ago)

Cheers All…

Happy Long Weekend



Lately Found…


Women + Inspiration…It’s better than coffee.   Fill Up, Press Play…






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Vision Boards. Sounds too new agey, right? That’s what I thought the first time I was asked to do it, but I found the very process could sometimes bring more order and clarity to what my subconscious might be working on. And if that doesn’t sell you, Karen Walrond over at Chookooloonks makes one with her daughter every year. Read her how-to post and then tell me you don’t want to find your daughter straight away and share something like this with her…


 Mother-Daughter Vision Boards

chookooloonks.com

*While you’re there, pause and browse some of the lovely images on her photographic website.






Over on Summer Tomato, Darya Pino has a fun and quick Guide to Supermarket Navigation. You should check them out for some great information, tips and advice about eating healthy in urban areas…

Guide to Finding Real Food at the Supermarket

summertomato.com








TED2011 has released it’s line up of speakers. Attending a TED event is on my bucket list, but until then, their website is more than generous.






I love this picture…

Georgia O'Keeffe—Neck

Georgia O'Keeffe—Neck by Alfred Stieglitz






Lately Found…


Here’s the weekly round up. Enjoy!

The best thing seen this week was this TED talk by Brene Brown about her research on what separates people who do well from people who don’t.  There a post coming on this one. It really struck home. (She has a great website too!) Try this quote on, and if it speaks to you, then hit play:

“There was only one variable that separated the people who have a strong sense of love and belonging and the people who really struggle for it. And that was, the people who have a strong sense of love and belonging believe they’re worthy of love and belonging. That’s it. They believe they’re worthy.”  ~ Brene Brown


There were these nifty little vinyl chalkboard goodies for organization from bradensgracewallart over at Etsy. Lots of styles and varieties to choose from!


The Sleep Talkin Man was introduced to me by an old high school friend.  A few years ago, a wife began recording and posting the outrageous things her normally mild mannered English husband said in his sleep.  Be really, really warned about the language, but it is some of the most shockingly funny stuff that lives in this man’s subconscious.  My latest favorite (one of the clean ones):  “I’m telling you, you can’t dance. You just look like a fat pogo stick, now sit down!”


And lastly, The Scar Project: Surviving Cancer. Absolute Reality was nominated nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography.  If you look at these images, you will never look at breast cancer, or your own body, in the same way again. These women are beautiful.

Enjoy!



Lately Found…


Here’s the things I wanted to share from the week. Hope you find something that makes you smile…

The most wonderful thing by far was this piece entitled Vivian Maier, Street Photographer and Nanny. It is about the posthumous discover of one of the largest caches of street photography work ever found.

None of it had ever been seen before and some people consider that the woman who took them, a nanny by trade, may have been one of the best street photographers of the era. This is one of my favorites, from the website where they are writing about the enormous project of uncovering her story and work. Utterly amazing…

Vivian Maier in Lately Found

http://vivianmaier.blogspot.com/

I found WallBling over at ETSY, and I want one. Seriously want one.  Personalized, handmade signs for your home.  I could absolute put a family mission statement, a list of values for our family or a love note to the kids on one of these…like this:

in Lately Found

And for those of you who need inspiration for life’s Second Act, over at More magazine they reminded me of these “Mothers of Reinvention”

And finally, for those of you who need to laugh until your head explodes, try “Damn You AutoCorrect

You’re Welcome…



Lately Found…


A few “Must Share” items…

My amazing friend up north introduced me to the most amazing food porn ever!  If you visit BitchinCamero.com you’ll make ooh and aah noises like mad…and you’ll distract those around you, but in a good way. You’ll get to see things like this Leek & Gruyere Quiche with Bacon Breadrumbs:

bitchincamero.com

I’ve decided I want my house to look like this, from over at ThePioneerWoman.com

http://thepioneerwoman.com/homeschooling/2010/12/white-out/

thepioneerwoman.com - Homeschooling

I am fascinated by the near brand-perfect site, ScoutieGirl.com – particularly the taglines, “Live life outside the box,” “Mindful Spending,” and “Creative Living.”

And the visual imagery used by young photographer, ChrissieWhite.com made me long to explore…

chrissiewhite.com

I love days where I find stuff like this…

Cheers!